Tuesday, July 20, 2010 | 9:28 a.m.
CARSON CITY – While Congress has been unable to pass an extension of unemployment benefits, nearly 40,000 Nevadans have lost their weekly benefits.
The state Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation says within seven to 10 days of the bill's approval, claimants will start receiving letters that they are on the list of those potentially eligible to receive extended benefits.
Cynthia Jones, deputy director of the department, said the letters will contain specific instructions to prevent claimants from waiting unnecessarily on the phone.
She said those who are unemployed shouldn't call claim centers until they receive the notification in the mail that signals their claim has been automatically reopened and the agency is ready for their weekly claims to be filed.
There are an estimated 93,670 people receiving unemployment checks now in Nevada.
In Washington, the measure is expected to pass later today. The House would take it up Wednesday and then send it to President Barack Obama for his signature.